“If I want my son to respect women, I need to teach him to embrace the ‘girlish,'” writes The Globe and Mail’s Leah McLaren.
“The other day I was sitting in the park with James, 3, when I picked up a dandelion and handed it to him as a present,” writes McLaren. “‘No way, Mummy,’ he said, pushing away my gift. ‘Flowers are pretty and I’m a boy.'”
“And I thought: That’s it,” writes McLaren. “I’m signing him up for ballet.”
McLaren, a self-identified “feminist mom,” goes on to declare that “as James gets older and begins to discover himself, I realize that he is being guided just as much by what he vehemently rejects as what he genuinely loves.”
Some of the things James rejects, writes McLaren are rejected by him “for reasons of obvious cultural conditioning.”
“You might think this is no big deal, that my son is just behaving ‘naturally,'” she continues. “But I’m automatically wary of notions of biological determinism. When he hands me back a flower because pretty things are for girls, I think, what’s next? Kindness? Decency? Dancing?”
Needless to say, not everyone online approves of McLaren’s parenting strategy.
Here are a few choice comments on Steven Crowder’s Facebook article documenting the situation.